The team at Safety & Health Expo have hosted a series of focus groups, spoken to you on the phone and sent out research surveys to find out how we can make the event one you cannot afford to miss.

Safety & Health Expo 2013 will deliver a truly relevant and forward thinking show this year, providing comprehensive industry updates for those working across the sector whilst also offering practical solutions for enhancing safety and health cultures in every workplace.

With seven dedicated theatres, zones and spaces for education, live demonstrations, interaction and networking, we’re providing you with plenty of opportunities for you to engage with a variety of hot topics, hear from the leading voices within the industry and find out all about the latest innovations in health and safety.

Many of the most popular features including the SHP Legal Arena, the Access Industry Forum’s (AIF) Knowledge Base – Working at Height, The Arco Academy and the IOSH Networks Arena are all back this year.  We have also introduced several new features such as the Business Driver Safety Zone, bought to you in partnership with Fleet21 and Honda UK and a revamped Health & Wellbeing theatre, sponsored by Posturite and Wellbeing People, addressing issues around boosting productivity within the workplace through a variety of initiatives.

SHP Legal Arena

Last year the SHP Legal Arena attracted more than 1,300 delegates, who heard from some of the most respected lawyers in the country. Returning for a sixth year and set to attract record crowds again, the Arena will be a highlight of Safety & Health Expo 2013.

Our speakers comprise a ‘dream team’ of legal experts including regular SHP columnist Kevin Bridges from Pinsent Masons; Jon Cooper from Bond Pearce; Peter Forshaw of Weightmans; and Ron Reid from Shoosmiths. They will join many other leading solicitors presenting on the most significant health and safety cases and topics whilst offering vital advice on how to avoid costly workplace incidents and prosecutions.

New for this year, we are also running a series of special ‘Fee for Intervention’ sessions led by HSE inspectors explaining how the scheme operates and the safety issues that are most likely to attract FFI activity.

Also new in 2013, daily presentations from someone who has been affected personally by a workplace incident and prosecution, learning from others mistakes these presentations will offer invaluable insight from a first-hand perspective.

New for 2013 – Business Driver Safety Zone

The Business Driver Safety Zone at Safety & Health Expo launches this year, bought to you by Fleet21 in association with Honda UK. The new zone will showcase best practice in all areas of business driver safety using lively, interactive presentations and discussions to address the knowledge gaps identified by Health and Safety professionals nationwide.

The results of a recent survey published by Fleet21 in February highlighted that UK businesses are failing to meet driving safety standards, with two-thirds of firms failing to implement adequate checks and procedures for business drivers. With so much misunderstanding surrounding certain areas of safety and compliance, this new feature promises to be an informative and valuable addition to the show floor exploring key areas of health and safety legislation, different types of training available and their effectiveness in combating road risk.

Access Industry Forum’s (AIF) Knowledge Base – Working at Height

Returning for the ninth year the Access Industry Forum’s (AIF) Knowledge Base – Working at Height will bring together the principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height in an ambitious programme that covers all the hot topics affecting this sector.

Focused on the critical area of working at height, the knowledge base will feature panel discussions, live debates and demonstrations centred on advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height.

Key sessions within this Forum include; HSE/Lofstedt: A review of the findings, outcomes and actions, a panel discussion around a new industry-wide reporting procedure for reporting falls in which AIF, IOSH, RoSPA, IIRSM and BSC will all take part and a first-hand account from a victim of a fall from height.

Health & Wellbeing Theatre

According to Eurostat figures from 2007, one in 10 European workers reported a work-related health problem. At this year’s Safety & Health Expo visitors will be able to discover the straight forward, cost-effective measures that could have an immediate impact on any workplace.

The Health and Wellbeing Theatre, sponsored by Posturite and Wellbeing People, will address issues around boosting productivity within the workplace through a variety of initiatives, including stress management, ergonomics, behavioural safety, cognitive behavioural therapy, equality and diversity.  The sessions will cover employer obligations, how to promote health and wellbeing throughout the workplace and the impact this has on the bottom line.

The Arco Academy

In order to deliver a relevant and forward thinking show in 2013, the team at Safety & Health Expo hosted a series of focus groups to find out exactly how the role of today’s health & safety professional is evolving. The results found that alongside day-to-day responsibilities one of the top challenges was the safety culture within the workplace.

One of the most popular theatres, The Arco Academy returns to Safety & Health Expo in 2013 with sessions centring on education through innovation and the growing role behavioural safety plays in transforming safety cultures across the globe. Visitors will be encouraged to take part in live demonstrations and discussions within this interactive and animated theatre. The Academy will also play host to vibrant, forward thinking presentations from key organisations including ARCO, Juice Learning, ARC Associates, HSE and Azea, amongst others.

Platinum Club incorporating Barbour Directors Club

After the successful launch of the Barbour Directors Club in 2012, open only to Directors and Senior Managers, the Directors Club returns for a second year to host a series of exclusively informative and insightful sessions across a three day programme.

Sessions have been designed to specifically address the needs of directors and senior managers responsible for setting strategy across their business. This year Jan Chmiel, the new Chief Executive at IOSH will give a strategic update from the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation.  The Barbour Directors Club will also host a number of sessions that will focus on Behavioural Safety and creating a world-class safety culture in the workplace.

IOSH Networks Arena

Open to both members and non-members the IOSH Networks Arena allows visitors to meet with other health and safety professionals at a series of exclusive events running across the three days. Highlights will include Tim Roberts, Head of Health and Safety for Glastonbury Festival on maintaining safety at major public events and Steve Skarratt the Curriculum and Qualifications Manager for the Fire Protection Association will present Fire Risk Assessors – What Does Competent Look Like, amongst others.